Monday, October 28, 2013

Finnish cinnamon rolls (October 28)

I can't believe another week has passed! This week was jam packed!

On Tuesday, we had a "Area book finding day." This is where we called old untersuchers (investigators) in our area book. We got a couple contacts, so I guess we will see how it works out. I thought it was a wonderful idea! It was also fun to get together with our district. Plus I got to try Finnish cinnamon rolls :) haha the joys of having a foreign companion. This week we presented the YW activity. Now, this was wonderful and the YW loved it. So mom, maybe you want to give the sister missionaries a call. We had 4 stations to show the life of a missionary. 1. Card stamping 2. Mapping out the members homes on a map 3. Calling old untersuchers (investigators) to see if they had interest and scheduling appointments 4. giving object lessons (with the most random stuff we could find). It was wonderful for us (we have enough cards to last us a year, native German speakers whipped out some of our phone calls, and we now have a map of where the members live) and they loved it! They were awarded points and we had a price for all of them at the end. They enjoyed asking us questions about how the mission works and it was fun to help them come up with object lessons to really make their minds think. haha great activity.

I was able to get my Austrian visa all worked out this week. Glad that is over and done with.... you would think those office people would be able to speak English.... No one told them that I haven’t studied law words in my language study... haha. We had interviews with the mission president this week. It is always really nice to be able to just sit down and talk a bit with President. He is a very inspired man. We had stake conference this weekend, in Wien, and we were able to hear from him and his wife. Every time sister miles speaks, its amazing!! The adult session talked a lot about temples..... man oh man do I miss the temple. We stayed the night at the Wien sisters apartment. My first interaction with a four-person apartment, kind of crazy. We had 6 people trying to get ready. Good thing no one told us until too late that there was a time change... so we ended up having 2 hours. blessing. 

I really love the spirit. This week, we visited a member. Our spiritual thought, was nothing like what we had planned topic-wise, but was way above what we expected the spirit level to be. We had a wonderful conversation about what faith means to each of us. Then, as we were wrapping up, I remembered that we were wanting to find some service to do. After asking, she brought out a pile of laundry that she needed ironed. She's a bit old, and we can tell, it really helped her out. It was really cool to see how the Spirit was able to remind me to ask, then we spent 20 minutes to do something that would have taken her much longer.
Speaking of the Spirit, we had a wonderful lesson where we talked about baptism. This man has been an investigator for a while, but after telling him we knew he was ready. He told us he had a dream of being baptized by immersion in the exact font in the church. It was amazing. He is prepared. I am very excited to meet with him again and to hear if he got a confirmation for the date.

We have been meeting a lot with our 2 new converts. It's really cool to see the excitement they have over the gospel! It's been a busy, Spirit filled week! Here is a picture of our beautiful ward house.

Have a great week!

Sister Regnier

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